How to apply

Should you require a commercial operations licence, please apply online using the Commercial Operator Licensing System.

A manual on how to use the system can be downloaded by clicking here: Commercial Operator Licensing System manual.

Application Checklist

To ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible, please ensure the following is attached to your online application before sending it in.

  • A current copy of your public liability insurance with a minimum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) coverage, which includes all proposed activities and locations and the period of insurance.
  • Copies of your current vessel SPV numbers and the date of expiry.
  • If accredited, a copy of your accreditation certificate showing date of expiry.
  • For abseiling/rock climbing activities, proof that you are registered with NOLRS (National Outdoor Leader Registration Scheme) or equivalent.
  • Any promotional material that you might be using.
  • If you wish to operate in Mitchell River National Park, please provide a copy of a valid Uunguu Tour Operator Uunguu Visitor Pass registration certificate issued by Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation. For more information, see:

Application Process

As required under the Conservation and Land Management Regulations 2002, all Commercial Operations Licenses granted by the Director General must be referred to the vesting authority, the Conservation and Parks Commission, for consultation before being submitted to the Minister for the Environment for approval.

Usually, if the application is for activities on lands and waters managed by the department that are described in the Commercial Operator Handbook, and all supporting documentation is supplied, then a licence can be processed in around seven to 10 working days. However, the department may determine that an application might require a higher level of assessment which could extend the assessment process.

If an application is for commercial operations that are not consistent with the operations described in the Commercial Operator Handbook, the application may take six to 10 weeks to be processed. Alternatively, if you have an idea for a new commercial operation on land managed by the Department, please contact the local office to discuss your proposal.

When applying for a licence, the applicant should ensure that enough time is allowed for the application to be processed, as you cannot conduct operations on lands and waters managed by the department until the licence has been issued.

NOTE: The fees and charges for commercial operations licences are included in the summary document available here.